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Sefton looks out for best of friends as special year reaches a big milestone

National Best Friends Day (June 8), marks the halfway point in Sefton’s Year of Friendship, a perfect time for Sefton Council to look back on the year so far and look ahead to the rest of what promises to be an exciting 2019.

Throughout the Year of Friendship Sefton Council is dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation of local residents by making them aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

So far, the campaign has shone a light on specialist groups and organisations such as Sefton Carers Centre and the Life After Cancer group; discovered the power of companionship through pet ownership, met a very special centenarian leading a very active life and cheered on an inclusive football team making great strides for disabled young people.

Sefton communities, voluntary sector, charities and businesses have embraced the campaign, including on social media where over 270,000 people have seen the Year of Friendship, and over 6000 taking the opportunity to engage with the local authority.

Upcoming themes for the rest of the Year of Friendship include learning, diversity, food, children and young people and older people.

Cllr. Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member – Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said

“Best Friends Day is a chance for us all to celebrate the special friendships that we have, or those wonderful friends we have lost down the years.

“Social isolation and loneliness have a detrimental effect on all aspects of a person’s life. The Year of Friendship has not only gained exposure for local groups and services dealing with these issues, it has also given people who need them a chance to discover them.

“Running through the Year of Friendship is Sefton’s warm community spirit, with those small instances of kindness that make a world of difference coming to the fore. I really look forward to seeing what the rest of the campaign holds.”

To learn more about the Year of Friendship, enjoy the many uplifting stories of the year so far and discover the many befriending services in the borough, visit the MySefton website or follow Sefton Council on Twitter and Facebook